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Volunteer artists Donny Leavitt, from left, Susan Jackson and Robert Dieckoff paint directional signs on the sidewalk at Eighth Street and Lincoln Avenue on Tuesday. Sidewalk improvements are a major concern for downtown business owners and would be one of the projects likely to be completed with funds from a proposed downtown urban renewal authority. On Tuesday, the City Council decided not to approve preliminary funding, and members said more information is needed before moving forward with plans for a new tax district in the downtown area of Steamboat Springs.

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Downtown URA on hold

City Council wants more information on need for tax district

More information is needed before moving forward with plans for a new tax district in downtown Steamboat Springs, city officials said Tuesday. The Steamboat Springs City Council decided not to approve preliminary funding to implement the city's urban renewal authority, or URA, in downtown Steamboat. A URA allows the city to use a fraction of tax revenue, generated by a specified neighborhood, to fund infrastructure improvements in that neighborhood. The city created its URA in December 2004. In January 2005, the city implemented the URA in an area around the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

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